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Kibera- Nairobi


Part 1

*As taken directly from Shadow Cities- A billion squatters, A new urban world by Rrobert Neuwirth. Dedicated to squatters everywhere. Published by Routledge 2006. New York, NY.

'In the end it doesn't matter whether we are hypercapitalist or ultraleftist. The point is to look at the facts. Not one government in existence is successfully building for the poorest of the poor. So the poorest of the poor are building for themselves. That may not fit into any great ideological category, and is certainly illegal according to current law. But it is sensible, patriotic, and worthy of a true citizen. In answer to Marcuse, I'd stress that the squatters, through their illegal act, are tacitly calling into question social and economic norms that don't serve the mass of people...' pg 301


'Property is both necessary and inexusable. It does seem to be part of human nature to want to feel that we have something that is ours, or at least under our control, particularly where we live. At the same time, when property becomes a commodity-simply a means of making money-we have begun the process that leads to homelessness and abandonment of the social contract to care for eachother.' pg 302

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